Release Date: Jan 27, 2014
Record label: O Genesis
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Rock stars? Lazy? Don’t tell Hatcham Social. Recently, alongside being in Hatcham Social, several of their number have been filling as Tim Burgess’ live backing band. As well as being the support act on several dates. Which does beg the questions of whether they got twice the rider, twice the guestlist allocation and twice the number of dressing rooms for all that double time.Somewhere in between, they’ve also managed to find time to make another album.
Londoners Hatcham Social have been carving their own furrow with their blend of ’60s beat music, avant garde and angular post-punk since 2006. Field Music and British Sea Power are the closest comparisons. Unfortunately, the odd flash of delicate charm aside (shy ballad ‘Don’t Go To Sleep’ is a real tearjerker), on this ever so slightly forgettable third album they are not their usual inventive selves.
The Charlatan’s Tim Burgess has finally got what it appears he’s coveted for many moons – Hatcham Social. Renowned as a fan of the New Cross indie troupe – once upon a time calling them a “wonderful pop group with the world’s coolest drummer” – he’s putting out their third full-length LP on his own label, O Genesis. Cutting Up The Present Leaks Out The Future was recorded live, straight to tape, in less than a week; in some ways, this ensures that even eight years into their career, Hatcham Social sound as grazed-elbow raw and brimming with youthful naïveté as when they were formed.